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“I think whoever wants to get known themselves in the music scene should focus on quality. Not only does it get you a name- it also gets you respect!”
As I am writing these lines, I am listening to “Homm & Popoviciu-Bis Co” and feel the inspiration. It is always amazing to hear. And yes, the word gets around that Markus Homm´s releases are really qualitative. His style is a combination of deep and tech house ,… definitely the sort of music where you cannot sit still and for me this is the best music for an evening with all of your senses…In the C-Heads interview, we get to know that he also is a professional dancer and he tells us about the club culture in Hong Kong…
Hello Markus. Thank you for your time. How are you?
Hello C-Heads readers. Everything ok so far, thank you. I am just on the plane to HongKong (somewhere over Kazachstan).
Lets start with this: What does music mean to you?
My whole day is about music so I can genuinely say music means everything to me.
How did you get to produce music/Djing?
When I moved to Moscow some years ago I suddenly had a lot of time.
Just imagine being in Russia without being able to speak rushian, watching telly is out of the question straight away. I had just bought “logic pro” & slowly started to learn. At the same time my friend & partner Mihai Popoviciu was a student in Romania. We met online every day at 10:00 hrs & made music for weeks- every day.
You are from Romania originally. What still connects you with this country?
That’s right I was born in Hermannstadt (Sibiu). Then in 1987 my family emigrated to germany.
But since 1988 I visited Romania every year. I have many friends there & at the end of the day this is still my home land & where my roots are.
Where do you live these days?
Difficult to tell as I’m always on the go. Up until recently I lived in Moscow & HongKong. But I gave up my flat in Moscow in moved into a flat in Nuremburg instead as it is much easier with the travelling within europe.
The electronic music scene is getting “bigger”. How difficult is it to get yourself known/make a name for yourself?
I think some time ago the level to start off was beat-matching. Unfortunately these days this is not necessary any more so I think the level to start off is to have a release. Thats certainly not the ideal combination for quality music.
There is far too much music out there & far too much crap. I think whoever wants to get known/make a name for themselves should focus on quality. Not only does it get you a name- it also gets you respect!
What is more important to you: commercial success or respect in the (underground) scene?
I mainly work in the “underground” scene so my focus & preference is the sound. When I sit in the studio I don’t really think on if a track might become a hit or not. I make music that I like. If I get good feedback afterwards it makes me even more happy as most of my tracks were inspired by my mood.
“I enjoy most when people go home with a smile on their face after a good evening & appreciate what just happened.”
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from many sources. Of course listening to other genres of music or when I’m on holiday on the dance floor in a club listening to another DJ’s set. That way I get a good idea about how things sound & are received. Mostly I end up in the studio the day after.
What do you enjoy most in your job?
When people go home with a smile on their face after a good evening & appreciate what just happened.
And what do you like the least?
Bad technical equipment in the club!!
You are travelling a lot. Where do you like it best? Are there differences in the club-culture in your eyes? If so, which ones?
I am in eastern europe & asia a lot. There is certainly a special scene in Romania, not only in Bukarest but also in smaller towns. The people know a lot about music & give you their full trust. In HongKong the scene is little but nice. I have a residency there in a small club called Yumla (www.yumla.com). You often forget that you are in HongKong there. It is a real melting pot for different nations around the world. Everybody celebrates together. In terms of music its all a bit backwards but for a few years now there are promoters who regularly do events where they book good DJ’s from europe which is certainly helping the musical development.
Do you like to go out yourself partying & dancing?
Not really. When I’m off I tend to do something different. Sometimes not hearing any music at all which can be good. :-)
Deep House is very popular at the moment. How do you think these trends within the electronic music scene evolve?
I think there comes the point when people get tired of the same sound over & over again. What I really like these days is the fact that you can hear & play everything from deep house to techno in one evening.
listen to Markus Homm´s latets mix:
What type of music/artists do you like listening to?
I listen to a lot of latin-american music. This is due to my job. I am a professional dancer representing germany on world- & european championships. Therefore I listen to a lot of this music when I am training or when I teach other couples. That’s certainly a big help for me as a producer. As a dancer you always analyse music & rhythm in order to be able to dance to it.
Which question should I have asked you?
If I have ever been to Vienna?? !! :-)
Yes I have been to Vienna quite a few times. I love it. I like being here. Last time I have been here about a month ago.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I’ve got absolutely no idea :))))
Which dream would you like to come true? My own family!
Five things you can’t live without? Family & friends, music, laptop, internet, my iphone.
Finally what would you like to say or promote?
I’ve got plenty of new releases in the pipeline so watch this space & keep your eyes ears open.
Thanks for your time Markus! Thank you so much for the interview & many greetings to & the scene in Vienna.
check out: www.markushomm.com
Interview by Christine Guggenberger
Translation by Martin Gersely
„In my mind polaroid photography is a sort of ritual. I think that our society celebrates the moment less and less.“ The ritual of making photography a well-thought and slower process again, in a world where we always feel we have to live life in the speed of light, is something that fascinates Katja Sonnewend about polaroid photography. We have the pleasure of showing some of her work and we also got some really interesting thoughts about photogprahy and life from her…
Katja, what does photography mean to you?
In the physic lessons at school I was condemned to failure. I answered each attempt to explain with resigned disbelief even though I was really interested in it. In particular I was fascinated by the theory of relativity. With my awkwardness to understand phyiscal law I found a way for myself to realize „the fusion of space and time to spacetime“ with photography. I overcome the speed of light, gravity and black holes, whereas the cosmology of my subjects create a new universe. So I find my own explanation of the theory of relativity over and over again.
Tell us a bit about your development, how did you get into photography? Do you live from it or have you got another job besides that?
Well, I was virtually born into the art academy, because both of my parents where in the middle of their art studies when I was born, therefore I didn´t have much other choice than following the same way. Painting, graphics and sculpture have already been represented in our family, so the only thing left was photography- which of course doesn´t mean that I didn´t have any other choice. At the moment I also work as a picture editor for a lifestyle magazine.
“Fast pace characterizes our daily life, everything passes fast and photos are being taken accidentally and thoughtless in our digital existence , -those pictures disappear just as fast as they have been taken and then they are forgotten. A polaroid is different.”
You have just been to NYC, on which projects did you work there?
Amongst other things I had a shooting for the extension of my „Legs“-series. It will be published in January 2011 in a Swiss art magazine.
You are born in Poland, but you came to Germany as a little child. Nevertheless do you have some sort of connection to your birth place? If so, does this show in your art?
Poland is very dear to me. In 2001 I was staying in Poznan for 3 months in order to do my diploma thesis, and for the first time I was able to experience the culture consciously and I was able to make new friends. Since that time I try to go there on a regular basis. The aesthetic aspect of the communism in the Seventies can be found in my photohraphs time after time, even though politically speaking I am of course not shaped by that time.
Do you have any exhibitons that can be seen in Berlin at the moment?
At the moment unfortunately not. I am working on a few, new projects that I want to exhibit in 2011. At the moment the location Berlin is rather the place where I create my work.
What is the most fascinating thing about polaroid photography for you?
In my mind polaroid photography is a sort of ritual. I think that our society celebrates the moment less and less. Fast pace characterizes our daily life, everything passes fast and photos are being taken accidentally and thoughtless in our digital existence , -those pictures disappear just as fast as they have been taken and then they are forgotten. A polaroid is different. Because of the apparently high costs you think three times before taking a picture. This is where it starts to be something ritually for me. I indeed limit myself to a certain number of polaroid photos per month, so that the emerging picture is like a ceremony to me. I do this consciously and regularly. The moment of the shot is of course not crucial for the emerging picture, but it is characterized by the moment, which certainly matters for the motive.
The big appreciation for the small things, figuratively speaking, expect for the size of the polaroid. And I have great respect for the technique of polaroid photography. Beyond that I always have to fight my impatience, therefore the 7 minutes development time are very likeable to me.
“The moment of the shot is of course not crucial for the emerging picture, but it is characterized by the moment, which certainly matters for the motive.”
On your homepage I have discovered some nice pictures of Matthias Schweighöfer:) How did the opportunity come about? How was the session with him?
The shooting was in connection with an interview for the IN-Magazine. I love to work with people who are not scared in front of the camera. Actors that know their role come across naturally and genuine. Matthias acted his role really well and in this case he acted himself.
What are you private and professional plans for the next years?
I am happy if I know what I am doing next week… the planning of years is pure utopia to me.
Last but not least a few typical C-Heads questions:
Can art improve the world, and if, how? Or is this not the purpose of art?
Anyhow art can try.
The most important thing in life is?
The fact that the answer to this question is changing every day… I love variety!
5 things you cannot live without?
The classical five senses, I couldn´t live wihout any of them.
Many thanks for your time!
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger
I always wonder if nowadays people really get into the music business for the love of music, and the reply of Felix Bandit to my concern was: „If fame and money would be the main reasons, then it would be pretty bad for us- it would cause a lot of frustation. Music is something that we really enjoy and it will continue to be like this. For both of us it is an ideal tool to communicate. „
Felix Bandit is an Austrian band consisting of the two members Barbara Bandi & Wilko Goriany. Their music sounds fresh and full of energy and in October they released their first album with the same name, Felix Bandit. I had the pleasure of asking them about their beginnings, their present and their future…
I have just listened to some of your songs- they have a really cool energy! How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard about you guys?
Barbara: When I get asked this I always answer: „ Pop, but you have to listen to it yourself on www.myspace.com/felixbandit“!
Wilko: Felix Bandit is our understanding of pop music- simply Bandit-Pop. Maybe less catchy but all the more with a lasting impression. It is our own interpretation of pop history paired with a lived indesicion and secret musical preferences.
Do you get your emotions out of your system in your songs?
In this regard we meet the typical role model, Barbara yes, Wilko rather not, at least not consciously. For Barbara f.e. the lyrics of „Pieces“ are the most emotional ones of the whole album.
How and when did you found Felix Bandit? Have you known each other before?
We met within the scope of the production „Coup de Bam“- an album where Barbara was performing as a guest singer. After the release of the album in 2006 we decided to mount our own project. In 2008 we finally started with Felix Bandit.
What´s the meaning of the bandname?
We started searching for a name at a very early stage of the production, and the choice for Felix Bandit happened pretty fast. (When speaking about Coup de Bam, even after finishing the album we still didn´t have a name) Felix is the second forname of Wilko. Barbara used to introduce herself with the name „Bandi“, like the bandit without the „t“ ( Bandi is an unusual name in Austria) Seperately that is too simple but if you put those two words together it means: „happy bandit“ And we like to take advantage of different styles…
Have you always been doing music, or did you have other jobs before that?
Wilko has always been doing music, wether as a drummer, programmer, or producer. Besides that he has a job in publishing. Barbara found her calling as a musician only late, actually only with the beginning of the production „Coup de Bam“.
It is just the two of you in the band, only when playing live there are other musicians joining you. Is it always the same ones, who are actually almost part of the band too?
The faces of Felix Bandit are Barbara and Wilko. Still, from the beginning the conpect of the band was designed to a „bandsound“. That means having a close co-operation with a large number of musicians.In our case, both in the studio and live we have a team of musicians friends, that you have to realize as a part of the sound, after all they contributed essentially with their instruments to it.Nevertheless above all, a live band is something organic, nothing inflexible and there is always change.
How would you describe each other?
Barbara about Wilko: Cool & reserved
Wilko about Barbara: Sociable & extroverted
Why does someone want to be a musician nowadays? Is it really because of the music or when one is really honest, it is more the fame and money that attracts?
If fame and money would be the main reasons, then it would be pretty bad for us- it would cause a lot of frustation. Music is something that we really enjoy and it will continue to be like this. For both of us it is an ideal tool to communicate.But theoretically a little bit of fame and money is nothing to sneeze at.
“Felix Bandit is our understanding of pop music- simply Bandit-Pop. Maybe less catchy but all the more with a lasting impression. It is our own interpretation of pop history paired with a lived indesicion and secret musical preferences.”
Do you have any musical idols?
Barbara: There is just too many of them so it is impossible to even just tell the most important ones that have influenced me. I have vinyls and CDs from the Thirties to the Nineties. I have a big passion for modern and traditional music from Spain.
Wilko: Also for me it is difficult to answer briefly. But I have to highlight the production of Trevor Horn in the Eighthies. There everything is right for me- very inspiring. Actually he is one of the few that, musically speaking, has gone along with me for over three decades.
What inspires you in your private life?
Barbara: My animals
Wilko: Music, film
Your first album, called Felix Bandit, has been released on the 22nd of October. Are you happy with the outcome?
Musically- absolutely. We had to find the sound for Felix Bandit- and we think that we have succeeded. Talking about market response- we still have a long way in front of us, but we already knew that before.
What´s your favourite song on the album and why?
Barbara: Every song is special to me. To chose one would be discriminating the other ones.
Wilko: I can´t say much else to that, even though I have a slight preference for the song „Felix Bandit“. It is not immediately accessible and hard to tame.
Why do you think there are so few Austrian bands that are internationally famous?
Austria is a small market, therefore the chances to reach a certain coverage is limited.
Would you like to break through internationally?
Sure- for many Austrian musicians that is a nice aim, to be famous beyond the borders- especially when the lyrics are in English.
Where can we see you live up next? Do you have tour plans?
Unfortunately we cannot tell any fixed dates yet. But of course we want to and we will perform live in the near future.
Now as usual, a few of our typical C-Heads questions:
5 things you cannot live without?
Barbara: my animals (2), my instruments (3)
Wilko: My Ines, music, film, my computer (2)
If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?
Barbara: To be able to drive my old BMW again, a new flat in the Grundsteingasse ( 16th district in Vienna) & to hear Felix Bandit on the radio.
Wilko: Time for a travel around the world, a new mixing console & to hear Felix Bandit on the radio.
The most important thing in life is…
Barbara: … To be happy.
Wilko: … Freedom!
Many thanks for the interview!
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger
„I love to create beautiful things and be a part of something…“.To me he is something like a personal dream: A men dedicated to beauty. Like magic he creates fascinating and creative makeup that makes woman and men even more beautiful and attractive.
Christopher Koller is only 23 years old but already working as a successful makeup artist and hair stylist. After attending a fashion college his path eventually led him to this profession and he has already worked for magazines such as Woman, Wienerin and Miss. His work can even be seen in music videos from Robbie Williams or Tunesmith. He beautified celebrities and stars such as Heather Mills, Diane von Fürstenberg, Niki Lauda and even Werner Faymann. We wanted to know more from the native of Carinthia and asked him for an interview…
Hello Christopher, first of all thanks for your time:) Let´s start with asking how you got into the profession make-up and hair artist?
I went to a fashion school and in order to create the perfect look, hair&makeup are essential…so I started doing makeup and ever since that I have remained in that section.
What sort of education do you have for doing your job?
Haha, I get asked this question all the time, and to the dismay of many people I have to tell that I never took any education for that.;)It´s simply learning by doing!!! I assisted others a lot, analysed pictures and tried different techniques and tested around. I also think that only up to a certain point this is something that can be learned, because you just have to have the sense of aesthetics.
“Every production is different and with different kinds of challenges. It is never the same and you get to know a lot of new people.”
Every makeup artist has his/her own favourite products. What are yours?
All my hair products are sponsored by sexyhair- I love it! Speaking about makeup…. I don´t really want to commit myself, – I use all sorts of brands, but amongst my favourite ones are for sure Chanel, YSL and Mac.
Tell us about a typical average day of yours..
Well, there is no real „average day“, because every job starts at different times and some last longer than others…
Can every woman be beautiful?
Sure! The most important thing is that it suits the person, no matter if her style is natural or styled. Every woman should feel good about herself and love herself, then she has charisma.
Can you tell us some beauty secrets?:)How can someone achieve a good effect with some small tricks?
The most simple thing in order to create a fresh look and beautiful skin, is to add some shimmering pigments to your skin care. With the help of the light reflection your skin looks radiant and glowing. Shimmering eye shadow should be applied with a wet brush- this gives a more beautiful metalic effect.
Do you think that woman without makeup are just as beautiful as woman with makeup?
Well, of course through the job one is really focused to recognize flaws and try to even them out. Nevertheless I always meet woman that in my opinion need almost ;) no makeup at all. F.e. Patrizia Kaiser is one of those women, who is a real natural beauty.
Guys are taking more care about their looks as well now. What should guys by no means forget if they want to look smart?
A good hair care- no matter if on the head or elsewhere on the body.
What is the best thing about your job?
Every production is different and with different kinds of challenges. It is never the same and you get to know a lot of new people. You always have to progress and not come to a standstill. I love this challenge. And I love to create beautiful things and be a part of something.
What don´t you like about your job?
There is nothing that I don´t like about it. I just mind when some people don´t take it serious enough, and therefore the result is not as good as it could be.
Do you prefer a job when you are given a free hand or when you have to realize a precise idea?
I can´t really tell. Of course I like to be able to realize my own ideas and all the ideas just come out of my mind. But on the other hand it is a real challenge to be able to satisfy the customer, to fulfill his wishes and at the same time stay true to myself. It is great to work out the right look together so that at the end everyone is happy and the result is right.
“You have to be a per- fectionist and always reflect on your work, and of course be better than everyone else…”
If you could chose again, would you go for the same job or choose something different?
I am perfectly happy with what I do, even though interior design is also something that I have always been really interested in:) -maybe this is still to come:)
What advice would you give to people that want to become makeup/hair artists?
You have to believe in yourself and you have to set the highest standard on yourself, be a perfectionist and always reflect on your work, and of course be better than everyone else :)
What inspires you?
Everything and nothing. But emotions, no matter if it is positive or negative ones make me more creative- obviously this is my sort of trigger:)
Your favourite city? NYC
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Working internationally.
Now a few more C-Heads questions:
The most important thing in life is… To be happy with what you are doing
The meaning of success? To be able to do what you love and be paid for that :)
What makes you happy? To have a free mind and to be able to enjoy life
The best life lesson so far was?
Not to take certain things to seriously, because to think too much is not always the best thing either.
Thanks for your time!
Interview by Christine Guggenberger
“I could say that my work is deliberate but not forced, that it sometimes nods to the sublime, that I’m drawn to the tension between beauty and darkness – but all that could just as easily be a description of Romanticism.” We talked with Jessie Craig – about her work and the difference between female and male photographers.
Hello Jessie, tell us a little bit about you!
I’m a 24 year old photographer and I live in London, UK. I grew up in Canada.
You are known as photographer and you’ve worked with great, international models and famous magazines as I can see… how do you dive into this ‘job’?
I learned how to shoot with an SLR and develop film when I was about 15 years old, in weekend classes at a local art school. I had been taking painting classes there and I decided it was time to try something new. I found it so gratifying I started spending all my free time in the darkroom learning everything I could. When it came time for university I went to OCAD for a four year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in photography. Graduation was in May or June and by September I had moved to Paris. I didn’t know a single person when I arrived but I was determined to make a career for myself. From the first time I picked up a camera, I’ve been very fortunate that so many people along the way have been supportive and believed in my ability.
Many photographers take images of nature, landscape, architecture and so on… why have you chosen fashion?
At this stage most of my work is in fashion because it’s what I’m drawn to in terms of the creative process. Generally speaking fashion is about building something out of your imagination and it is allowed and encouraged to have a personal touch, whereas there’s an expectation with photojournalistic jobs to capture an unconstructed moment outside of yourself.
Tell us about your first “big” shooting – how was it and how did it feel?
My first shoot that was published in print was a big deal to me. We were shooting the S/S collections on location all over Paris. It wasn’t so much fun, because I spent most of the day worried about the model in the cold and rain. I was in a fur coat, she was in a tiny dress! I felt really badly about it. Normally my shoots are a lot more enjoyable and the day flies by.
If you were to describe your work to a blind person – what would you say?
If I were able to adequately describe my work in words I would have become an critic instead of a photographer.
“I shoot what I’m not able to fully verbalize.”
I could say that my work is deliberate but not forced, that it sometimes nods to the sublime, that I’m drawn to the tension between beauty and darkness – but all that could just as easily be a description of Romanticism.
When we click through your website, we can see, that most of the sets are outside or on location. Do you like to work “outside” – and not in the studio with a white wall as background? Where is the difference?
I enjoy working in studio, but for the past two years if there’s been the option of location it has nearly always won out. It gives the images a layer of context and expands the narrative. How many movies have you seen that take place entirely in front of a white wall? Not to mention that on an experiential level it’s a lot more satisfying to spend the day in the woods or on the beach than cooped up inside!
Where do you find your inspirations? Do you make tests before the final shooting or just start with it?
I’ve said in the past that my inspiration comes from dreams, memories, books, paintings, films – and I’ll stick to that. I only do tests before the final shooting if there’s a particularly technical aspect that I need to work out, which tends to be a rarity.
How long do you work usually on a photoset? A few hours, days or weeks? And how many people are involved?
On average my shoots are a day – usually shorter if it’s an actor or musician, sometimes longer if it’s a project with many subjects. I try to keep the number of people on set down to keep things intimate, but from beginning to end there are a lot of people involved in one way or another. There can be stylists, editors, art directors, hair & makeup artists, agents, models…
You are a woman – and your images are very smooth, beautiful, sensitive, but also sexy. What does a model need in your eyes and where do you look in the first moment, when you see the model? Do you think the work between a woman and woman in fashion-photography has another kind of form – or is there no difference to a woman subject and man as photographer?
I have a big bulletin board where I’ve pinned comp cards of models I’d like to work with this season, and none of them look particularly alike. Vague as it sounds, what ties them together is that they all have faces that are interesting and memorable to me. As for whether there’s a difference between female and male fashion photographers: I’d say that every person has an array of factors in their life which affects their point of view and we are all touched by the social constructs of gender. Perhaps I am better equipped to empathize with female subjects, but I feel it is the responsibility of a photographer – male or female – to always have a respectful approach.
And what kind of equipment are you using?
The last few years I’ve been using Canon digital SLRs and Photoshop.
The good old discussion-point – digital photography. Is this a good way – more fight generates better quality – or does it change photography in a bad way?
That’s like pondering whether teaching the masses to read and write changes literature for the worse. Enjoying and participating in the arts shouldn’t be an exclusive privilege.
The impossible dream – if we take away the realistic part in our daily life here, what kind of shooting would you try to realize?
If we’re going fully hypothetical with this question, I’d like to go back in time and do a shoot with my grandmother. She was one of those women who embodied glamour. There’s so much I wish I could talk to her about now that I’m an adult.
The last questions – on what project or shoot are you working now? And what can we expect from you in the next few years?
I shot a 14 year old actress recently named Ella Purnell, who plays a young Keira Knightley in ‘Never Let Me Go’. In the next few years, I hope to continue to grow and develop creatively. I have a lot to explore with my work that I haven’t yet. Something tells me that if you ask me that question in thirty years I’ll have the same answer…
Jessie, thanks a lot for your time!
Interview by Emanuel Sprosec